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Why Hackers Love Small Businesses

Why Hackers Love Small Businesses As a small business owner, you may believe that hackers have no use for your small network. Better think again! Understanding what these virtual villans are truly after will help you to understand why your network is at risk.

Our featured guest today is Thomas Raef, Founder of e-Based Security. Thomas explains why these criminals want control of your system and the signs you should be aware of to spot whether or not your system has been captured.

Among the points in the show are:

  • What hackers want. A hacker’s ultimate goal is to gain control of your system and possess the ability to be able to perform their desired tasks in stealth mode.
  • Why? The bottom line is money. They earn their income by sending spam from your computer which conceals their identity and they record keystrokes to acquire passwords and credit card numbers.
  • What do they do with the information? Brace yourself. The information that is gained by controlling your system is likely to be sold. The hackers will post credit card numbers for free. Others use these numbers, verify their authenticity, and comment. Once this is done, the hacker’s value increases as the information he is selling is proved legitimate.
  • Why isn’t the government acting? Unfortunately, even though many of these hackers are in the United States, many of the sites used to promote their offerings are based offshore. Our laws simply do not apply to them; nor do these countries wish to cooperate.
  • What are the signs? Be sure to listen to the full audio podcast. In it, Thomas provides one solution to discovering whether or not your system has been captured.

About Thomas Raef

Thomas started working in the PC industry back in 1983. He became self-employed in 1984 catering to the IT needs of small businesses in the Chicago area. As the market evolved so did his skills and his service offerings. For the past 8 years his primary focus has been on system security with an eye on small businesses.

Thomas founded e-Based Security in 2003 and began creating The Box – a remotely managed security appliance that addresses all the needs of small businesses and home networks.

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Recorded: January 23, 2007 —————————–Duration: 53:28 minutes

 
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